Safety on the Water with your DogSeptember 11, 2013
Boating with your dog...it seems so simple. Just bring him
along and enjoy your time together. It can be a wonderful
experience for all involved, assuming your pet is comfortable
on the water. Some safety tips to consider:
- Acclimate your pet to the boating life at the dock, before
going on any long outings.
- Remember to protect him from the sun – sunblock on his
pale nose if he’s a light color, a shaded area in the boat,
and cool water in a non-spill, non-skid dish.
- Proper gear for your dog includes a quick release flat collar
with his id tags, a harness (also with quick release clips) in
case you need to secure him in the boat for any reason, and
a life preserver. Reflective materials are a plus.
- If tying the dog while under way, be sure to use a safety knot
or a clip you can open swiftly in case of emergency.
- A life preserver will keep the dog from sinking in case he falls overboard. He will tire quickly in the waves, and if you do not have a way to grab your dog (handles on the floatation device
or a blunt hook to catch the top of his harness), he will drown.
He may be able to get onto a swim platform if you jump in the water and help him, but most likely he will not be able to navigate this slippery surface on his own.
- Remember to keep your dog leashed on the docks and in the marina. Your dog may be a stellar citizen, but another dog who also deserves the right to enjoy time out of the house with his pack members might not be as socially skilled.
- Please be aware of traffic in the marina. People driving in the parking lot are not expecting a loose dog to appear.
- Consider reinforcing your dog’s training skills. Come, stay, and
Leave it are excellent control tools. Good manners are always a plus.
Thank you, stay safe, and enjoy! – Susie Valentine Collins, Certified Obedience Trainer,
Professional Behavior Counselor, Sitting Pretty 203.855.0866.
Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (W.A.S.A.) www.westportwasa.org
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